Principality of Zeta

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The Principality of Zeta refers to the period when Zeta was ruled by the families of Balšić, Lazarević/Branković, and Crnojević, respectively, from the second half of the 14th century until the Ottoman vassalage in 1514. Zeta had become virtually independent during the fall of the Serbian Empire, when Balša and his sons wrestled the region by eliminating Žarko in Lower Zeta (1360), and then Đuraš Ilijić in Upper Zeta (1362).

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Zeta under the Balšići[edit]

Zeta in the Serbian Despotate[edit]

Zeta under the Crnojevići[edit]

Rulers[edit]

Balšić
Lazarević/Branković
Crnojević